feel1 S1 W1 past tense and past participle felt
to experience a particular physical feeling or emotion:
feeling/emotion[linking verb, transitive]
Do you still feel hungry?
You can never tell what he's feeling.
Stop exercising if you feel any pain.
feel fine/good/comfortable etc
I'm feeling a little better today.
Marie immediately felt guilty.
feel as if/as though
When his dad left, he felt as though his world had turned upside-down.
I felt like I'd really achieved something.
to notice something that is happening to you, especially something that is touching you:
notice[transitive not in progressive]
She felt his warm breath on her cheek.
The earthquake was felt as far south as San Diego.
feel somebody/something do something
She felt his arms go round her.
feel yourself doing something
I felt myself blushing.
to give you a particular physical feeling, especially when you touch or hold something
feel smooth/dry etc[linking verb]
feel smooth/cold/damp etc
Her hands felt rough.
The house felt hot and stuffy.
feel as if/as though
My leg feels as if it's broken.
It's nice fabric - it feels like velvet.
if a situation, event etc feels good, strange etc, that is the emotion or feeling that it gives you:
feel good/strange/exciting etc[linking verb]
After twenty years, seeing him again felt very strange.
feel ... to be/do something
It felt wonderful to be wearing clean clothes again.
How does it feel to be 40?
It's been a year since her daughter died, but to her, it still feels like yesterday.
to have a particular opinion, especially one that is based on your feelings, not on facts
have an opinion[transitive not usually in progressive]
Some of the parents felt the school wasn't doing enough about bullying.
How would you feel about working with Nicole for a while?
The experience of rape can change how a woman feels about her body.
feel sure/certain (=think that something is definitely true)
She felt sure she'd made the right decision.
to want to have something or do something:
He didn't feel like going to work.
Do you feel like another drink?
to touch something with your fingers to find out about it:
She felt his forehead. Perhaps he had a temperature.
Mum, feel this stone. Isn't it smooth?
feel how hard/soft/rough etc something is
He could feel how damp his shirt was against his chest.
to search for something with your fingers:
She felt in her bag for a pencil.
to experience the good or bad results of something:
The local economy is beginning to feel the effects of the recession.
to believe that you need to do something:
Children who can talk to their parents feel less need to try drugs.
to move carefully, with your hands out in front of you, because you cannot see properly:
Silently, she felt her way across the room.
to do things slowly and carefully, because you are not completely sure about a new situation
feel your way towards
The European Union is still feeling its way towards common policies.
used to tell someone that they can do something if they want to:
'Could I use your phone for a minute?' 'Feel free.'
feel free to do something
Please feel free to make suggestions.
used to express sympathy with someone or with a remark they have just made:
I know how you feel, Mark, but maybe it's better not to confront him.
to not feel as healthy or happy as usual:
I don't know what's wrong. I just don't feel quite myself.
to realize that you are not as young or active as you used to be:
Looking at his grandson made him really feel his age.
to suffer because of cold or hot weather:
Old people tend to feel the cold more.
to react very strongly to a bad event, especially someone's death:
Susan felt her grandmother's death more than the others.
feel for somebodyphrasal verb
At the Center, the other mothers know what it's like, and they really feel for you.
feel somebody ↔ outphrasal verb
I thought I'd feel out some of my colleagues before the meeting.
feel somebody ↔ upphrasal verb
feel up to somethingphrasal verb
I just didn't feel up to going.